The 2018 PAX West Party List – Parties, events, concerts and more!

Ayyyyy look out, Seattle! PAX West is back for another year, and so are we!

It’s time to kick off the festivities of PAX West 2018 with our annual list of parties and events! We’ll be updating this regularly, so be prepared to find plenty of events to help you have a fantastic time at the expo.

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Thursday, August 30

IDatXbox Pre-PAX Open House 2018 – 5-9M @ Microsoft Building 33, 16070 Northeast 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052 – RSVP: FREE, EventbriteInfo:Once again, we’re throwing open the doors at the Microsoft campus to kick off PAX West weekend with the latest ID@Xbox games, hundreds of gamers, and a special hands-on opportunity with guest titles: Forza Horizon 4, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories!

The 2018 Pre-PAX Start of Term Feast – 6PM @ Barça, 1510 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 – Register: $30 | EventbriteInfo: Penny Arcade Boards | The Start-of-Term Feast is a yearly, buffet style, catered dinner held at Barça the night before PAX West that gives PAXers, both new and old, a chance to hang out, eat a ton of great food, and get to know each other! It also gives everyone attending The Triwizard Drinking Tournament, a chance to eat before a merry night of drinking and charity fund raising which you should totally sign up for!

Brace Yourself for PAX featuring Kero Kero Bonito – 7PM-12AM @ The Showbox, 1426 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: FREE, EventbriteInfo: 21+, To help our fans get ready for PAX West 2018, Brace Yourself Games is throwing an epic FREE party! Hosted by Elspeth Eastman, with exclusive swag, world premieres of two new Brace Yourself Games trailers, performances by your favorite NecroDancer musicians, and headliner Kero Kero Bonito!

The Triwizard Drinking Tournament – The Cocktails of Grindelwald – 8:30PM-3:30AM @ Capitol Hill, Seattle (See diff routes here) – Register: FREE, EventbriteInfo: Penny Arcade Boards | 21+, The Triwizard Drinking Tournament is a yearly charity pub crawl hosted by the Penny Arcade community in which the four houses of Hogwarts are split into two teams of fifty and unleashed upon Capitol Hill for a night of merrymaking and fund raising.

GarciaBellamy presents: PAX Countdown 2018 – 9PM-1AM @ Neighbours Nightclub & Lounge, 1509 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122 – RSVP: FREE, FacebookInfo: 21+, Join us for the 4th annual and largest night before PAX party, and dance away to some geeky tunes. Thank you for your continued support of the Gay Gaming Professionals and we look forward to seeing YOU on Thursday!

Friday, August 31

DigiPen Alumni PAX West Reception – 5:30-8:30M @ Tap House Grill, 1506 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 – RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfo: All DigiPen alumni are welcome to our annual PAX reception at Tap House Grill! Please feel free to RSVP for yourself and your plus-one.

Screenwave Media’s GIANT PAX West Party ft Minibosses, Kirby Krackle, & Professor ShyGuy – 7PM-2AM @ Re-Bar Seattle, 1114 Howell St, Seattle, WA 98101Tix: $11.09 | EventbriteInfo: Facebook | Sponsored by Eagle Island, Screenwave Media is holding the hottest party to kickoff the PAX West festivities. Musical acts performing include minibossesKirby Krackle, and Professor Shyguy.

The DJ Sessions Presents the “On Location Sessions” “unofficial” TWITCH PAX After party – 10PM-2AM @ Eden, 1950 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 – Tix: $15-$25 | EventbriteInfo: Lineup TBA. The DJ Sessions brings to you the best local, national, and world renowned DJ’s playing live sets and exclusive interviews. Our resident DJ’s will be on the decks LIVE mixing you the best sets.

Saturday, September 1

The Informal, Unofficial PAX 5K: Episode Four – 9-10AM @ Waterfront Park, 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 – RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfo: For the 4th year (sorry we skipped 2017) we are running an informal, unofficial 5K at PAX West. We’ll meet at 8:45AM on Saturday, August 30 at the fountain in the Waterfront Park and start the run at 9am. The run (or walk) is a nice flat course along the water. Even more details about the course is located in our original 2013 post. Since this is unofficial, there is no requirement to have a PAX pass or anything like that. Just show up and have fun!

The MIX Seattle 2018 sponsored by Raw Fury – 2-11PM @ The Showbox, 1426 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 – RSVP: WebsiteInfo: 2-6PM General Admission, 7-8PM Exclusive Press Hour, 8-11PM General Admission 21+. The MIX Seattle is a full day game developer showcase. Guests will have opportunities to play unreleased amazing indie titles, vibe with the teams creating them and get involved with prize package opportunities. Prize packages will include a Nintendo Switch, as well as contributions from Microsoft, Amazon, Raw Fury game codes and more!

Mario Kart 64 Tournament – 7PM @ The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA – Tix: $15 to participate, $5 Spectator | TicketflyInfo: 21 & over | Have what it takes to battle it out in Mario Kart 64? Join us at The Crocodile and find out!

Pink Party Prime X – 9PM @ Neumos, 925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122Tix: $15, EventbriteInfo: 21 & over | Facebook | It’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. 10 years in the making, it’s Pink Party X, presented by ArenaNet and brought to you by Queerspace Magazine and Queer Geek!

The DJ Sessions Presents the “On Location Sessions” 4LOCAL “unofficial” TWITCH PAX After party – 10PM-2AM @ Pike Brewing Company, 1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 – Tix: $15-$25 | EventbriteInfo: Lineup TBA. Featuring InMotion Productions & Ocean Groves.

Sunday, September 2

Seattle Indies Expo 2018 – 12-9PM @ Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: Free, EventbriteInfo: Website | SIX (Seattle Indies Expo) is a one-day exhibition for independent game developers to get together, socialize, and show off their stuff.

Monday, September 3


All Weekend


Author: Dalibor Dimovski

Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.

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